The San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC)


Phone: (210) 916-5958

DSN: 429-5958

SAUSHEC is one of two major Department of Defense (DoD) multi-service graduate health education platforms; the other is National Capital Consortium (NCC) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. SAUSHEC is the second largest DoD physician graduate medical education (GME) platform and the largest for the Air Force. It hosts 37 GME specialty programs with 638 interns, residents and fellows (380 Air Force, 255 Army, and 3 Navy). Additionally, SAUSHEC is the largest DoD graduate-level allied health education (GAHE) platform, sponsoring 22 programs with 77 trainees (57 Army, 16 Air Force, and 5 Navy). SAUSHEC’s training programs are primarily located at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and the 59th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC).

  1. Mission: To advance military health and readiness through education of physicians and allied health specialists to lead our nation’s Military Health System (MHS) into the future

  2. Vision: Graduating military medical leaders to ensure a ready force anywhere
  3. Values: Teamwork and Excellence (TExcellence)

  4. Strategies:

    Accreditation and Compliance – All programs are nationally accredited
    Readiness – All programs are focused on graduates prepared for the military mission

    Leadership Development – A major emphasis as our graduates lead at 1st duty station
    Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QIPS) – QIPS activity/project requirements
    Scholarship – Research projects with support for conference presentations & publications
    Well-being – Multiple institutional resources to enhance resilience and reduce burnout

Why train at SAUSHEC?

  1. Robust training platform – BAMC is DoD’s only Level 1 trauma center and provides the best case mix in DoD for training
  2. BAMC received top 10% “Meritorious recognition” by the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
  3. Exceptional first-time board certification pass rate – 97% across all specialties in 2018
  4. Engaged faculty interested in trainee success – strong institutional focus on faculty development with faculty well-versed in the latest teaching methods
  5. Active scholars – while mentoring residents, SAUSHEC faculty produced 358 peer-reviewed publications and 390 conference presentations this past academic year
  6. Largest medical simulation center in DoD that generates case scenarios to augment live experiences - focus on providing graduates with full range of skills needed for success
  7. Committed partnerships with Veterans’ Administration (VA) and civilian institutions for additional training experiences with other populations
    • South Texas VA, University of Texas Health San Antonio, University Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, among others
  8. San Antonio is Military City, USA! Strong military heritage and community support for our mission; large retiree community; low cost of living; growing population (top 5 in nation for growth rate)

Jan 2020